Spiegelau – The Class Of Glass

Spiegelau - The Class Of Glass

I’m so so so excited to be able to tell you that all glassware at Eat Up 2 will be provided by Spiegelau! If you’ve never tasted the difference a good crystal wine glass makes, you don’t know what you’ve been missing!

Founded in 1521, Spiegelau is one of the oldest and most famous European manufacturers of fine crystal, located in the small town of Spiegelau in the heart of the Bavarian Forest. Today, the Spiegelau brand has become synonymous with quality stemware, especially among the worlds leading sommeliers and wine connoisseurs.

Spiegelau is distributed in Penang by Archero Sdn. Bhd. and we would like to thank them for their generous support!

Spiegelau website

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Thanks Ipoh, It’s Been Real!

Thanks Ipoh, It's Been Real!

The Peugeot Butterworth x Foodsion Magazine Cari Makan Road Trip was a complete success!

Ate LOADS of INCREDIBLE food and made LOTS of new friends – seriously made me look at Ipoh in a while new light.

1000000x better than all my previous trips to Ipoh combined.

Thank you Bryan, Alvin, Fabian and Win Win from Foodsion for giving me so many taste explosions over the past few days and thank you to Peugeot Butterworth for sponsoring such lovely cars for us to drive!

My favorite restaurant of the whole trip has to have been the SIPET AMAZING Hoong Tho – I already miss the food there so much!


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GTi 30th Anniversary Celebration

GTi 30th Anniversary Celebration

2014 is the 30th Anniversary of Peugeot’s legendary 205 GTi and to celebrate this milestone Peugeot Butterworth is having a gathering at their showroom on Saturday 29 November.

Come see only 30th Anniversary-inspired 208 GTi in Malaysia and take photos with the beautiful ambassadors!

All are welcome + food & drink provided. See you next Saturday!

CS Euro Auto
7290-7294 Jalan Bagan Jermal
Taman Bayu, Butterworth, Malaysia

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Throwback/Fast 6 Movie Launch/Kuala Lumpur

Throwback/Fast 6 Movie Launch/Kuala Lumpur

I am always at my most peaceful when I put my helmet on.

All other sounds are shut out, I feel cocooned in a totally different world with no distractions and I am able to focus fully on driving.

This is one of the reasons I love racing so much … the track is one of the few places where I can truly find peace but feel excited at the same time.

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Throwback/Fast 6 Movie Launch/Kuala Lumpur

Throwback/Fast 6 Movie Launch/Kuala Lumpur

This was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done … putting together the opening weekend activities for the launch of Fast 6 in Malaysia … it was an incredible experience and of course a great honour to be allowed to create a genuine “Fast & Furious” experience for Malaysian fans of the franchise.

Movie-goers who watched Fast 6 on opening weekend where we were could register for a ride in one of two cars (one was mine, the other was Wan’s awesome RWD Satria) … Everyone had a super good time, some of my friends like Remus Chang, Erwin Azizi, Blue Jackets, Tengku Djan and Adrian Cham also lent out some of their precious cars for display.

It truly was an epic event (every show was sold out on opening weekend) and I’d like to thank United International Pictures and the Summit KL for choosing to work with me and my team.

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HAPA Knows What’s Good.

HAPA Knows What's Good.

Congratulations to my client Cuvée Penang for winning the Hospitality Asia Pacific Awards bronze prize for Best Club.

When Cuvée approached my company at the beginning of last year to take over all their marketing and branding for them, I knew it would be a lot of hard work, since the way I brand clubs and conceptualize strategies for entertainment outlets is very different to what 99% of clubs in Penang do.

I take a more international approach to things, and don’t localize the direction too much. One benefit of doing this is that people OUTSIDE of Penang can relate more to what you are doing and the result is an enhanced (and probably more sophisticated) brand image for the establishment regionally.

One of the toughest things to do for Cuvée was to select good musical acts and pair them with intelligent event concepts that would leave a lasting impression amongst clubbers/consumers.

The club was getting hit up by a million different promoters trying to sell cheap acts to them every day and I had to sift through mountains of rubbish to find performers who I felt would contribute positively to the overall brand image of Cuvée. There were many times when I was questioned as to why I didn’t approve this act or why I rejected that one.

Even when clients/suppliers wanted to hold events at Cuvée, I had to monitor every stage of the process to ensure that quality was maintained and the events were in sync with my brand vision for the club.


Luckily, with 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry, I had access to a fantastic roster of great DJs and we managed to bring down quality acts every single time. We even brought down an official Ministry of Sound DJ to Cuvée, and we broadcast his weekly radio show live from the club which was a first!

Another crucial part to the image of the club was to upgrade the quality of all the designs of promotional material.

I wasn’t satisfied with their existing designer, so my company took on design responsibilities for a couple of months while we hunted for a new one for the client.

The immediate reaction amongst people was that everything looked more sophisticated and classier (which is what I was trying to go for). Even after new designers were hired, I was still responsible for the design direction of all communications material in order to maintain the look and feel of everything.

For those of you who don’t believe in investing a lot into the design process, think again, because people really do notice the difference.


In addition to these things, I also devised branding platforms specific to certain suppliers that allowed Cuvée to solicit a record-breaking amount of sponsorship for them and their sister outlets.

Just the incredibly successful Forever Young Privilege Card project alone brought in more than RM100,000 worth of sponsorship for the parent company in just 6 months.

When the Forever Young card was launched, we had queues of people clamoring to sign up for it at one of Cuvée’s sister outlets – Mois, which was pretty much dead and devoid of people at the time.

To everyone’s shock/disblief/amazement we even managed to help Mois COMPLETELY DESTROY national sales records for both Asahi beer and Absolut vodka on two separate occasions.

(Little known fact about these 2 events – I changed the design of all the agency-supplied advertising material as I felt they weren’t informative or attractive enough for the general public … sorry to the 4As agency hehe)


But by far the MOST exhaustive part of this massive marketing task was to inject some personality into the place. This was a challenge because the club didn’t have a proper PR person, and ones that they tried to hire were ridiculously ineffective (some even did more damage than good to the place).

So I had to party.

A lot.

With all my friends. And and all of their friends too.

To make sure that everything was documented properly, I enlisted the help of my good buddy Leon Low to handle photography duties since there was a certain way I wanted the events shot and being a close friend of mine Leon knew exactly what I wanted.

Over the course of a year, we were able to craft an incredible image of the place and Cuvée’s reputation spread far & wide. I know this because I was getting msgs from friends all around the region saying they were making plans to come to Penang and party with me at Cuvée.

And party we did.


The main point of this post is to let people know that a lot of work goes in the marketing and promotion of a club (if you want to do it properly) … at many points over the past year, many people thought that all I did was party and not much else.

But what you don’t see are the messages that start coming in from the manager at 9am and the ones that come from the owners at 3am.

Not many people know just how much time and effort I had to inject into the place over the past year in order for Cuvée to reach the level that I desired – actually a lot of the people working inside the company didn’t even know exactly what I was doing since I dealt directly with the top management and owners.

Hopefully now that I’ve shown them how to do it, their in-house team will be able to continue to deliver exciting entertainment experiences to consumers and win another award this year.

Good luck.


Ferry Corsten Has A Lot Of Fans

Ferry Corsten Has A Lot Of Fans

Asashi pres. Ferry Corsten at Play Club @ The Roof … insane turn out … I took this photo at around 10pm.

I have to say that Ferry Corsten, like most “trance” DJs nowadays, have moved away from the trademark cheesy synth breakdown/ethereal vocal sound that I hate so much. It was nice to hear him drop some good bootlegs of Fatboy Slim and other “housier” items.

Play Club is really shaping up as the go-to destination for partying in Petaling Jaya!

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